Press Releases — BBC Studios - Americas

January 17, 2019

BritBox Surpasses Half Million Subscribers

New York, NY – January 17, 2019 – BritBox, the subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) streaming service from BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, today announces it is celebrating half million (500,000) subscribers, doubling year-on-year, as it ends its 22nd month in the U.S. and 11th month in Canada. The service, home to the largest collection of British streaming content in both countries, was considered the fastest growing subscription on-demand streaming service1 in the U.S. from Q4, 2017 through Q3, 2018.

Soumya Sriraman, President, BritBox said, “We knew that our special sauce of combining our ‘Now’ feature of near live television, with the best British TV programming would make this a must-have service. British content is as popular as ever, and we are doubling down by making amazing series accessible while continuing to build our ever-growing community around desirable content.”

Ann Sarnoff, President, BBC Studios – Americas and BritBox Board Chair, said, “We are very proud that BritBox has reached this milestone so quickly. Our fantastic team has worked brilliantly to strike a chord with British ‘telly’ fans by super-serving them all things British. Our continued commitment to content investment will mean even more great programming to engage the fans going forward.”

Martin Goswami, ITV Director of Pay and Distribution, said: “The fantastic growth of BritBox is a testament to the work of the team involved since its launch, the quality of programs the BBC and ITV offer through the service, and the appetite for the best British TV amongst viewers in the U.S. and Canada. We’re at a really exciting point for BritBox and look forward to further developments in the year ahead.”

Since BritBox’s U.S. launch on March 7, 2017, the service has exclusively premiered current seasons of Vera, starring Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Emmy®-nominated actress Brenda Blethyn (Pride and Prejudice), Maigret, starring BAFTA winner Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English), Hold the Sunset, starring Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee John Cleese (Fawlty Towers), and Bliss starring Independent Spirit Award winner Heather Graham. It also premiered its first original commission, Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, in July of 2018, reviving the franchise to a captivated audience.

BritBox continues to add British reality and entertainment staples including QI and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, seasonal comedies for the holidays such as Click & Collect and Upstart Crow, and factual lifestyle strands Springwatch and Gardeners’ World.

Many of BritBox’s hit series are available within hours of their UK broadcast with the service’s “Now” feature including the UK’s highest-rated soaps – EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Casualty, and Holby City – and dramas –  Silent Witness, Little Boy Blue, Three Girls, and Cold Feet.

BritBox is available in the U.S. for $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month, after a 7-day free introductory trial at BritBox.com and on Roku®, Apple TV, all iOS and Android devices, and Chromecast. BritBox is also offered as an Amazon Channel for Prime members. In Canada, BritBox is available for $89.99 per year or $8.99 per month, after a 7-day free introductory trial at Britbox.com and on Chromecast, Roku®, Apple TV and all iOS and Android devices.  BritBox also offers gifting in both countries.

About BritBox

BritBox is a digital video subscription service offering the largest collection of British TV in the U.S. and Canada. Created by two British content powerhouses – BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster – the service features iconic favorites, exclusive premieres, and current series and soaps – most available within 24 hours after their UK premiere. BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that enable fans to easily find programs they know, and discover new favorites via web, mobile, tablet and connected televisions. AMC Networks is a minority investor in the service.

 

Press Contacts:

BBC Studios                                                                  ITV

Deborah Schonfeld                                                     Laura Wootten

deborah.schonfeld@bbc.com                                  laura.wootten@itv.com

212.705.9498                                                              +44 20 715 73056

 

Notes to the Editor:

  1. Parks Associates Q3 2018 U.S. report; excluding education, sports, and virtual MVPDs; data through Q4, 2018 was unavailable at time of distribution.